Friday, February 21, 2020
On Friday, just days before the Iowa caucus, former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Mary., who was urging the Democratic presidential field to stay away from socialism, ended his campaign for the White House. Delaney’s campaign admitted there was no hope...
In the first week of the current legislative session, with the support of the GOP leadership, the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee unanimously backed a proposal that raised concerns from Second Amendment supporters.
At the end of last week, U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced the latest round of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) candidates included in the “On the Radar” level of its “Young Guns” program. 
Gimenez entering the race is a major coup for the GOP which was looking for a high profile candidate to challenge Mucarsel-Powell. Back in 2018, Mucarsel-Powell edged U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. While there had been buzz that he could seek a rematch, Curbelo closed the door to that possibility.
Demings checks off a number of boxes if paired with some Democrats including former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., backed Biden. They had been supporting U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., but she ended her campaign last month.
The poll has Trump ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden 49 percent to 45 percent. Trump leads former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg 49 percent to 44 percent.
Bloomberg announced at the end of last week that U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., was backing his presidential bid. Murphy, one of the leaders of the moderate Blue Dog Caucus on Capitol Hill, had endorsed former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Tex., who bowed out of the race after failing to meet expectations.
Braddy defeated Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe in 2013 but he was plagued by ethics issues, including having hotel rooms and a trip to a strip club paid for by a police union leader with what turned out to be stolen money.
Chase, a businessman who served in the Navy where he rose to the rank of commander, filed the paperwork on Friday to launch an exploratory committee as he considers entering the crowded Republican primary.